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This man knows calisthenics.

This man knows calisthenics.

Several years ago, back in the 90s several of the pioneers of today’s calisthenics scene were just getting their start in the game. Prominent names like Giant (Bartendaz), Lord Vital (Beastmode) just to name a few of the prominent calisthenics figures.

Today, extreme calisthenics goes by many names:
Ghetto Workout
Extreme Calisthenics
Street Workout
Bar Workout

However, this calisthenics approach to working out actually is a rediscovery of what was used for strength in the old days. These days before creatine, protein powders, barbells and fancy memberships at gyms are so expensive that they might as well be country clubs. Well actually, some of today’s gyms are actually country clubs.

That being said, there is a movement taking place around the world. In countries like the former Soviet Union, Ukraine, Japan, Canada, the United States, Israel, South Africa and every place in between, extreme calisthenics is taking over. Why?

People are sick of fitness gimmicks, paleo diets, protein drinks and other crap that does not allow you to build functional muscle. Not only that, but many of these, flavor of the month, exercise fads just do not give people the results that they are looking for.


convict conditioning

Paul Wade’s book is a very informative piece of literature. Some say, game changing.

Back in the 70s, 80s and 90s most citizens of the western world were indoctrinated to believe that weight lifting was superior to bodyweight training. Our heros became the bodybuilders, the football players and the strongman competitors. Magnus Ver Magnusson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Walter Payton and other musclebound people who relied on weights.

The physiques of massive bodybuilders became the in thing and we were fooled into believing that a new era of scientific strength training had been ushered in. The reality is that nothing could be farther from the truth.

Since the 60s, the western way of living has made men weaker! Scientific breakthroughs meant to make our lives easier, made us soft, physically weak and unhealthy. We developed cars so that men and women no longer had to walk long distances. As a result, our stamina pales in comparison to cultures like the tarahumara people of Mexico.

We developed antibiotics and as a result, many of us have weak immune systems and dysfunctional metabolisms. The processed foods that we consume is producing the fattest generation in world history. In the meantime, we have convinced ourselves that we are healthier, faster, stronger and our physical well-being is superior.

In the early history of this country, men (of African descent) woke every morning to do back-breaking labor that would leave most modern men incapacitated. These black men and their descendants became legendary figures like Venture Smith and Jack Johnson.

Other legendary strongmen such as Hermann Goerner, Mark Berry, Eugene Sandow, George Hackenschmidt, Arthur Saxon and others whose names have been lost in antiquity have proven that not only are modern methods of strength development overrated, but the contemporary strongman is not the equal of the old-time strongman. Why? The old-time strongman depended on systems based on progressions and volume, while the modern day strongman is the product of protein powders, PEDs and creatine.

Why Paul “Coach” Wade is important is that his book, “Convict Conditioning” is an example of training methodologies from a bygone era. His book breaks down functional strength into primary categories in which you must focus to become well round with regard to strength. They are:
chest and triceps
upper back
lower back and spine
Paul Wade gives us his background as a prison inmate in a maximum security facility. Paul allegedly lived in an environment where it was either become strong or become prey for the strong. Strength was a matter of preserving your manhood and your life. Accordingly, in the prison system old time techniques of strength development existed in the world of the penitentiary that was devoid of fancy sports supplement stores or fancy gym equipment. Old school calisthenics training was preserved, not by commercialism, but by necessity.

Whether you buy Paul “Coach” Wade’s story of prison, or his explanation as to why he keeps his identity secret, it has been acknowledged by a lot of people who have purchased the book that Paul Wade’s knowledge works.

Not only is his information useful, it is crucial to an understanding of calisthenics, and how you can develop the strong core, shoulders back and legs that so many of the extreme calisthenics practitioners have.

how to bring blood sugar down

Preexisting conditions can make otherwise healthy foods, unhealthy. Know what is unhealthy for you.

I know that you have heard the old saying that the way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you consume. In other words, more calories going out than coming in. Sounds logical, but this theory is such an oversimplification of how weight loss works that it is basically a lie by omission.

You see, everything that we put into our mouths, chew it and ingest it, a series of chemical reactions take place. Our body begins several processes that can potentially alter the fat and muscle content of our bodies.

One of these processes is the biological practice of disseminating energy to cells, particularly fat cells. When we eat certain foods, many times those foods are broken down into sugars (glucose). When the sugars enter our bloodstream the pancreas releases a chemical known as insulin which acts as a signal to cells in our body to allow glucose into the cells. When there is excess glucose it is stored in adipose fat stores around the midsection area and converted to fat.

However, when a person has a diet that is highly dependant on processed foods and artificially produced sugars insulin spikes tend to be high. Furthermore, if one eats every 2 to 4 hours insulin levels may consistently stay elevated, resulting in insulin resistance. To make a long story short, the adipose areas around the midsection are in a constant state of fat storing. As a result, no matter how many calories you are trying to burn, your body is trying to store fat. Moreover, post pregnancy only exacerbates insulin problem.

So, what can you do about this? One step you can take is to eat foods that coincides with healthy, low insulin levels. These foods are:

  • Onion and Garlic
  • Leafy Greens
  • Avocado
  • Coconut
  • Raw Foods
  • Nuts (be careful of cashews)
  • Herbs (no macronutrients, plenty of micronutrients)
  • Eggs (combine with healthy fat)
  • Real butter & Real Cheese (organic w. no growth hormones or antibiotics)
  • Oils (organic coconut oils, olive oils)

I hope that this helps you get control of your weight. Now do what you know needs to be done to get blood sugar under control!

Props to Baristi Workout for getting this awesome footage.

Props to Baristi Workout for getting this awesome footage.

The street workout competition was in full effect in LA on January 25, 2014. Not only did the Fitness expo bring out the usual suspects (Gracie Juijitsu competitions), bodybuilding and fitness models, but street workout competitors were there and boy were the performances amazing.

Don’t take my word for it! See for yourself. Shout out to Baristi Workout for the amazing footage!

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